Green Event Guide

Do More, Use Less - Your Guide to Hosting Green Events

 

Planning a fantastic event? Make sure you keep it green by following these sustainable tips and alternatives so your events leave a lasting impact on those who go and not on the planet.

 

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Location

Keep it central - minimize travel time and make sure it’s accessible by public transit or on foot.

Keep it clean - use LEED certified buildings such as SEH or District House for event space when possible as they minimize energy usage.

 

 

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Invitations

Keep them online - Avoid paper waste with sending invites through social media, eventbrite, or email.

 

 

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Activities and Prizes

Keep them online - Avoid paper waste with sending invites through social media, eventbrite, or email.

 

 

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Food

Keep it real - only order the necessary amount of food to reduce potential waste.

Keep it small - serve small finger foods, buffet style to get rid of those leftovers easily.

Encourage a mindset -  ask guests to bring their own mugs, water bottles, and Tupperware. It’s a community affair, after all!  

The GW Office of Sustainability follows the principles of Greener by Default when hosting events. Offering plant-based meals as the default can reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to food up to 40%, and promotes inclusivity for people with a variety of dietary needs.

 

Need additional resources? The Office of Sustainability has a more detailed checklist for event planners, and information to help you join GW's commitment to eliminate single-use plastics from campus during your events.

 

Download the Checklist     Past Plastic Information

 

 

Need a crowd? The Office of Sustainability will highlight your green event on our website, blog and social media if you complete three of these alternatives for your event. Email [email protected] with your event details for more information.